Working with BCIT :: Terms & Process
Applied research projects within BCIT are carried out according to the terms of agreed contracts with clients. The contracts are drawn up by BCIT business management staff in collaboration with the principal researcher and the client and they include detailed descriptions of the work to be done, work schedules, payment details, and the other terms and conditions under which the projects will be done.
BCIT research contracts also contain certain provisions that may be somewhat different to those encountered in agreements between private businesses. These concern liability, indemnification, confidentiality, intellectual property and use of BCIT's name.
One of the primary factors contributing to the continuing success of BCIT’s applied research activities has been its employees’ ability to create novel intellectual property. In order to encourage and reward BCIT’s creative researchers, the Institute is establishing an intellectual property policy that provides clients with access to this talent, as well as a royalty-based mechanism for sharing the financial successes that are achieved when the intellectual property created by BCIT employees is utilized.
With a reputation for enabling applications through strategic use of existing and novel technologies, BCIT optimizes and enhances technology to solve clients’ business needs. These improvements often make the difference in achieving success of a product. Participating in that success from an economic standpoint is an important factor in BCIT’s mission as a polytechnic institution.
Research contracts, therefore, contain a provision that requires clients to appropriately mention BCIT in their public announcements associated with the project, subject to prior BCIT approval of the wording of the announcement or the use of the BCIT marks and logos. Conversely BCIT also recognizes the possible sensitivity of the client to release of its name, and the contracts therefore provide for reciprocal approval of publicity releases.